Party Time

Hello and welcome aboard our Party Time Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 



If you have arrived here from Arty Maz then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a couple of creations which features Close To My Heart’s Collection “Party Time”.

These two layouts were created using the Party Time Paper and Sticker Pack. Teamed up with the yellow acrylic stars. I love this paper paper as it is double sided – each side has a different colour variation. So you can make you layout more pink or blue based depending upon your preference.

Lastly I made the card below using the new Waterfall Thin Cut Dies and the Party Time Papers. This time I added some of the new Lemon Shimmer Trim and also stamped Lagoon stars onto the white ribbon. Stamping on white ribbon is a great way to get the perfect embellishment to match your card or layout. But be sure to let the ink dry for at least 1/2 an hour before using.

I love that the Waterfall Die set comes with the stitched square, the scalloped square, a circle and two different banners to help you make the perfect sized decorations.

Some other creations from the Close To My Heart Art Studio.

This exclusive Party Time Collection is available for the life of the New 2020/21 Annual Catalogue.

This Paper Collection and stickers can be yours for just $AU25.  The paper can also be purchased without stickers and there is lots of fun embellishments and stamps to go with any Party theme. You can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kimmy Adds Sparkle.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Bloom with Grace

Hello and welcome aboard our Bloom with Grace Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 


If you have arrived here from Kimmy Adds Sparkle then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Bloom with Grace”. I totally love the sunflowers in this pack. And with whole sheets of them I couldn’t help but fussy cut them for embellishments. I know there are some in the sticker pack. But I designed the layout with you the stickers – as some of the stickers aren’t my style. And I wanted a layout that I could recreate for my customers at my Virtual workshop.

This layout used some cricut cut pieces – the circles that have had their sides folded up, combined with some retiring embellishments – the wooden buttons. Because my Desert Rose cardstock hadn’t arrived when I made this I added in Ballerina cardstock instead. And it matches in nicely too. In the Espresso brown square on the left page is where I plan to add my title. And of course all the sunflowers were fussy cut from one of the patterned papers. If you’d like to watch the Facebook Live I did for the construction of this page you can go here.

Here is some more inspiration from the CTMH Art Studio

This exclusive Bloom with Grace paper collection is only available until the end of October while stocks last. The Workshop Collection (the three double layouts pictured above) can be yours for just $62.

Individual components of the Bloom with Grace range can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Scrapbooking and More with Doreen.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Here for the Memories

Hello and welcome aboard our September Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s September Stamp of the Month – “Here for the Memories” S2009.

I’m yet to decided exactly which photos I’m planning to put on this layout, so I may yet add more embellishments. This Layout was created using papers from three of CTMH’s NEW paper packs released today. The Black pattern in from the NEW Mix In Paper Pack from the Sept-Oct Catalogue. Whilst the Floral paper is from the NEW Lovely Paper Pack, and the Woodgrain paper is from the NEW Woodgrain Paper Pack – both form the new Annual 2020-2021 Catalogue. And you can also see some accents with the new Blue Belle Cardstock. Blue Belle is the new Colour of the Year. You can get it in Inks, Cardstock, Shimmer Trim, Glitter Paper and Shimmer Brush. Yay!!!

This card was made using some of my existing favourite products – like the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, Silver Star Confetti and the Craft On Sequins. Combined these with some of the NEW products – the hearts were stenciled on in Raspberry ink through one of the NEW 12×12 stencils; and most excitedly – shaker foams are now in 5 different shapes – heart, star, circle, square and rectangle. With the square and rectangle also in different sizes….. And all have matching Thin Cuts to make cutting the components super easy.

The above pocket scrapbooking page showcases some more of the NEW products. This was created by the CTMH Art Studio.

This exclusive September Stamp of The Month is only available during September. It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $88 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Scrapping and More with Doreen.

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Timber Paper Collection

Hello and welcome aboard our “Timber” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

 If you have arrived here from Crop, Craft, Create then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Timber”. This is a wonderful outdoorsy and masculine paper collection. I decided to use it for my little boy.

I just love the Kraft paper with this Timber collection. I’ve teamed it up with the following stamp sets: D1937 Magical Alphabet, B1712 This Right Here (the arrows) and of course the Z3741 Gnome Matters (stamp and thin cut set). I love the Gnomes. So much so that I fussy cut their attire from scraps of the Timber papers. The beards I coloured using a white pencil. The flowers and arrows were coloured using the Red Shimmer Brush. All stamping was in the Intense Black Ink.

The cute arrow shape I created by cutting the strips of Timber paper to 3 1/2″ wide and then tracing the corner of one of the stitched square thin cuts and cutting by hand. I did the same for the photos too.

Some other Timber creations from the CTMH Art Studio:

This exclusive Timber Paper Collection is only available until the end of August, whilst stocks last.

This Workshop collection can be yours for just $53. Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s CTMH Craftings.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Floral Celebration SOTM

Hello and welcome aboard our August Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 


If you have arrived here from Creative Inspirations Blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a few of cards which features Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month – Floral Celebration.

This happy Tri-fold Card uses the X9017 Mix In Paper Packet combined with the stamp set stamped in a variety of the CTMH Exclusive Ink Colours – Raspberry, Tangerine, Canary, Lagoon and Fern. Plus I’ve added some gold glitter gems. A couple of flowers I stamped in Intense Black and then coloured using the Tri-blend Markers.

This centre opening card uses Charcoal Ink in a combination of first and second generation stamping. I’ve added some silver embellishing thread and an acrylic white heart that is then covered in Stickles for extra sparkle.

This last card was created by heat embossing on the background cardstock – I layered the embossing. Doing the vines first, then the larger flowers and lastly the small flowers. I then sponged ink over the top. The three largest flowers where embossed onto Vellum and fussy cut before sticking down with a glue dot. The sentiment is in Charcoal Ink.

Some creations from the CTMH Art Studio using the SOTM:

This exclusive Stamp of The Month is only available during August .It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $80 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Lauren’s CTMH Crafting.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Happiest Place

Hello and welcome aboard our Happiest Place Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Scrapping and More with Doreen then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Happiest Place Collection. I’ve approached this is very different way as a challenge to myself. I need three cards to congratulate some new parents.

Whilst not all the babies are boys (two are), I really loved the roller coaster ride that to me really sums up our journey in parenthood. So I paired it up with the matching stickers and acrylic shapes. The BABY was cut using the Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts and the Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock. This cardstock pack contains some sheets with a variety of silver foiled patterns.

When using the stickers I wasn’t afraid to cut some of them up. The arrow with “love this” originally said “loved this”. I also cut the sun sticker in half and used on two cards. And of course I clustered some, such as the hearts together.

The other project I’m really excited about is the 8 x 11 1/2″ Cut Above Layout Kit. This is a great size. It’s still a work in progress, and I’m still deciding what photos to put in. But it is going to be so much more than a theme park album. I’ve even turned the “Minny Mouse” style red dot bow into a butterfly. It is totally a kit of pieces that you can use as you wish, or follow the fabulous instructions that come with the kit.

Some other Happiest Place artwork from the CTMH art studio…

This exclusive Happiest Place Collection is only available, while stocks last, during July and August. You can purchase the entire Collection for a 20% discount or individual pieces. The full collection is available for $162.50. Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Kimmy Adds Sparkle.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Danielle

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Summer Vibes

Hello and welcome aboard our Summer Vibes Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from ArtyMaz then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you some creations which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Summer Vibes”. On this dreary winter day in Melbourne it made me feel a little bit warmer just working with these fun vibrant papers.

Whilst the name suggests “Summer” I wanted to continue working with photos that I’ve been scrapbooking from late 2014 – thus they were a mix of winter, spring and summer photos. So I used the colours as a guide rather than a theme.

When I first started working with the Summer Vibes paper collection I create the Summer Vibes Scrapbooking Workshop Kit. Part of this kit (photos towards the bottom of what those layouts are) involved cutting out a large heart. So for this layout I used the scrap surrounds and stuck it down onto a piece of lemonade cardstock. The flowers were fussy cut from other scraps. In the kit there is an exclusive piece of patterned paper that you don’t get in the normal Summer Vibes Paper Packet. I used the leftovers of this glacier hatched piece to thin cut the title. I’ve raised the photo and title up on 3D foam tape for some extra dimension. This layout is going to be the cover page for the album for the second part of 2014.

The next thing I created was my version of some layouts in a Consultant Designed Workshop that I have access to thanks to CTMH and the resources that they provide us to use with our customers.

Here is some of the other artwork created using Summer Vibes from the CTMH studio. The first photo is the Workshop Kit that I talked about.

This exclusive Summer Vibes Paper Collection is only available until the end of August. while stocks last. The Scrapbooking Workshop Kit can be yours for just $A62.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop – Passionate About Pages.

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Brushed

Hello and welcome aboard our Brushed Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Bring Back My Pack collection “Brushed”.

I loved this paper pack the first time it came out a few years ago. And the new version (with updated colours to match our current colour range) has not disappointed. I’ve set about developing a workshop for my customers using these papers, the sticker sheet and the matching stamp sets. My workshop (being offered next month – you can check out my FB page event for more details) features 8 double layouts (and two bonus single layouts) that I made using one Brushed Paper Packet with sticker sheet, the matching coloured cardstock, some white daisy cardstock and the stamps sets. Here is a sneak peak at four of the layouts.

Two of the layouts are similar and this is because I wanted to show how different you can make the same layout design look just by changing up a few elements.

This exclusive Brushed Paper Collection is only available until the end of July, whole stocks last. This special Brushed collection (including stamp sets can be yours for just $AU83.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, CTMH Craftings.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Stitched Together

Hello and welcome aboard our Stitched Together Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Lauren’s CTMHCraftings Blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Stitched Together”.

I created this layout for the participants at my June Virtual Workshop. I used one of my beloved books CTMH Make It From Your Heart Vol 2, Pattern 3. For this layout I used the paper packet and the sticker sheet, plus some blue dots I had in my stash (I think they were left overs from Seas the Day a few months back). Some stickers I have raised with thin 3D foam tape for a little bit of dimension.

As a kit for my customers they all got a share in a sticker sheet – so they may have had different stickers that shown here and the green and white 1/2″ strip is the zip strip. So each person got a different strip. But that is the beauty of our packs they all co-ordinate together so no mater what stickers or zip strip pattern they got it all still went together perfectly.

If you like this layout I still have three kits available at $15 each (which includes postage). You just need to supply the backing cardstock – which could be white or any colour. Just send me a message and I can sort out getting it to you.

One of my customers placed the pieces on a yellow background and because the papers are all double sided she flipped some of the patterns over to suit her photographs.

Here is some other great creations from the CTMH Art Studio using Stitched Together.

If you take a close look at the last three layouts (which are the Workshop Your Way Kit) you will see my beautiful family in the photos of the first layout.

This exclusive Stitched Together Range is only available until the end of June while stocks last. The Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $53 (without Memory Protectors, or $62 with Memory Protectors.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, ArtyMAZ.

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Colouring Techniques with Garden Tags

Hello and welcome aboard our June Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Doreen’s Blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you some different colouring options which feature the Close To My Heart’s June Stamp of the Month “Garden Tags”.

The first step before colouring any stamp in is to choose and ink that suits your colouring medium. So you need to choose something that wont smudge or run. I choose to use the CTMH Intense Black Exclusive Ink. This ink is perfect for wet mediums and for alcohol markers. I do recommend that you stamp first and leave for an hour or so to set/dry completely. These tags also match perfectly with the Tags and Tabs Thin Cuts.

Alcohol MarkersTri Blend Markers by Spectrum Noir.

I love these markers as you get three colour tones in the same marker. I have choose lighter colours, but in general markers give brighter more intense colours.

When working with the markers I use the darker tone first and add it to the areas that are the shadow areas (denoted by the use of hatching lines – short lines close together that suggest darker tones). I then blend over that the mid tones and finally the lightest tone. As each colour is added I colour over the previous colour and almost push the darker colour forward into the next space. You can also go back over lighter tones with the darker tones to create more distinct lines – see the large leaf.

Water Colour Pencils – DRY

These can be used dry or blended with water. Using them dry is just like using any normal coloured pencil. I personally colour with the light colours first and go back in dark or with a dark pencil in the shadow areas.

Water Colour Pencils – Wet

When I colour with water colours and know that I’m going to blend the colour with my small round water brush, I colour darkly in the shadow areas (picture above left). Then I use the water brush to spread the colour and make it softer in the highlights. Once dry you can also go back over with dry water colour pencil to add more precise details and shadows. CTMH offer a range of watercolour pencils.

Water Colour Paints

Again using the Small Round Water Brush, I mixed my water colour paints and painted the picture. I painted the background wash first and didn’t get worried if I went over some of the finer flowers and leaves. I let it dry before adding colour to the leaves and flowers.

The more water you add to a colour the lighter it gets. The drier your brush the darker the colour.

The beauty of water colour is that you can go back once dry and still add more colour or even take colour away with water.

Waterbased Inks

If you don’t have water colour paints don’t stress. You can create a similar effect using your waterbased inks.

I used the CTMH Waterbased Exclusive Inks and the Small Round Water Brush Again. There are 42 colours in the range.

To do this I squeezed the closed ink pad so that ink is deposited onto the inside of the ink pad lid. I then use the brush just like in my watercolour paints. So more water make the colour lighter, as less water makes the colour darker.

Shimmer Brush with Ink

Another option for the Waterbased Ink Pads is to use a Clear Shimmer Brush to paint the ink onto the paper. It gives you the colour of the ink whilst the shimmer from the Shimmer Brush.

I personally squeeze a drop of the shimmer brush into the lid of the ink pad. Mix it around with the ink and then use the shimmer brush like a normal paint brush. I dip it into the colour and the paint onto the paper.

Shimmer Brush – on its own.

There are currently 15 different Shimmer Brushes in the CTMH range. You can literally paint the colour onto the stamped image.

This exclusive Garden Tags Stamp of The Month is only available during June. It can be yours for just $9 with a qualifying order of $80 or for $34 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Passionate About Pages.

Until next time – Happy Crafting

Danielle

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